Greater Racket-tailed Drongo – calls

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“Was looking for forest butterflies at Upper Seletar forest this morning, when I heard a Greater Racket-tailed Drongo ( Dicrurus paradisus ) calling loudly for an extraordinarily long time. I went closer to take a look, and on approaching the drongo, a raptor took off from a tree near the drongo in the thick of the forest! That explains the prolonged and agitated calls of the drongo.

“The drongo continued calling after the raptor left, but not as loudly and intensely as before. I took this clip of the drongo with a variety of softer calls, probably calming itself down after the excitement with the raptor? Seconds after the clip was taken, I heard the familiar “hwee-hui” call of a Changeable Hawk-eagle (Spizaetus cirrhatus) – that must be the raptor I saw departing from the scene. Wonder what prey it was looking for in the forest.”

Note: video clip taken with my old FZ18 – non-HD, non-stereo microphone.

Lena Chow
26th October 2011

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